In addition to our core range being covered by organic and BRCGS certification at Grade AA, a wide range of our products are also covered by one of the following Fair certification schemes:
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms for growers and workers in the Global South. Widely recognised and trusted, the Fairtrade mark helps reassure consumers that production systems promote transparency, democracy and the empowerment of workers.
Organic Herb Trading has been a supporter of Fairtrade from the outset – first sourcing Fairtrade cocoa powder in 1998.
All too often primary producers have very little bargaining power – especially when they are facing downward price pressure from bigger players further up the supply chain. Fair for Life commits brand holders to adopt fair sourcing practices and behave in a socially responsible way towards their primary producers.
Fair for Life goes beyond traditional fair trade by requiring ethical working throughout the supply chain. Certification can be achieved for almost any product, sourced from any country. Organic Herb Trading achieved Fair for Life certification in 2016.
Wild plants have been used for millennia in medicines, foods, textiles and cosmetics. Over 60,000 are used in medicines alone and the vast majority of these are still collected from the wild. As the trade in these has increased, plants have come under threat because they are harvested at an unsustainable level or because of habitat loss. In addition to these plants’ importance from an ingredient perspective, they often also represent a crucial source of income for the most marginalised and poorest communities – who typically do not own their own land.
Today 20% of the planet’s wild plant species are considered to be at risk of extinction and the FairWild scheme – which was established by leading conservation and development organisations - not only ensures plants are collected at a sustainable level, it also guarantees workers are paid fairly and treated with respect.
Organic Herb Trading has been at the forefront of protecting wild plant species and their collectors for more than two decades. Mike Brook was a founding member of the Union for Ethical BioTrade, and Organic Herb Trading is also a founder member of FairWild. In September 2014 we reinforced this commitment by becoming the UK’s first certified processor and distributor of FairWild herbs, spices and botanicals.